plural noun

: a family formerly held to be nearly coextensive with Pelecaniformes but now restricted to the pelicans and constituting with the boobies, cormorants, and snakebirds a suborder of Pelecaniformes

Word History


New Latin, from Pelecanus, type genus + -idae

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“Pelecanidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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